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Summary

Unaware of the wider Heresy and following the Warmaster's increasingly cryptic orders, Roboute Guilliman returns to Ultramar to muster his Legion for war against the orks massing in the Veridian system.

Without warning, their supposed allies in the Word Bearers Legion launch a devastating invasion of Calth, scattering the Ultramarines fleet and slaughtering all who stand in their way. This confirms the worst scenario Guilliman can imagine - Lorgar means to settle their bitter rivalry once and for all. As the traitors summon foul daemonic hosts and all the forces of Chaos, the Ultramarines are drawn into a grim and deadly struggle in which neither side can prevail.

©2012 Games Workshop Limited (P)2012 Games Workshop Limited

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Good story ruined by terrible narration - Fail.

This is the eighth book I have read in the HH series and it's the first one I have been really disappointed with. I don't have the time to listen to the entire series of 50 or so books so I am trying to cherry pick the most relevant in terms of content, story and building the plot. The order so far has been:

Horus Rising
False Gods
Galaxy in Flames
The Flight of The Eisenstein
Garro
Mechanicum
Nemesis

and now I am attempting to listen to Know No Fear - It is not easy!

I have been so impressed with Dan Abnett's writing in particular, closely followed by Swallow and McNeill and I was looking forward to Mr Abnett enlightening me as to the machinations of the 13th and 17th Legions. This book is deliberately written in a more clipped and succinct tone as if more of a military report than a story and it would work well apart from one very major drawback - the narration.

It is extremely difficult and frustrating to listen to. The voices are an absolute joke and it feels like a cross between a Black Adder and Terry Pratchett audio book. Don't get me wrong I could listen to these all day long if I'm in a Black Adder or Pratchett mood but lighthearted farcical comedy voices invoking the spirit of west country farmers is so out of place here it utterly destroys the entire pace and mood of the book. There are numerous occasions when new characters are introduced and the gravitas of the voices paint a picture of young teenage guardsmen or even civilian clerks but then you discover that you are supposed to be listening to senior Astartes - it just fails at every turn.

I am two hours into this book and I can't listen to it any more. Will be refunding this and moving on to better things. Will also avoid any books narrated by Gareth Armstrong - where's Toby Longworth when you need him?

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Theoretical : Confusion

The actual story is good, the characters are intriguing, but it all blends sadly into a gray mixture of complication.
The narrative is too complex, where even the simplest of sentences are given a Shakespearean touch, and hours in i could not remember 5 % of the story. Character names are mixed together, and i was given a very limited feeling of individualism.

Also, the language is very strange at times. A passage has the profanity " fugg " included, as if a teenager wrote it to sound cool. It´s repeated in basically every sentence in an eye roll of a moment. Also, the excessive " Mark point 002 etc etc " at the start of each passage is just too much as well, and you start to think about it instead of the story.

An intriguing story that need´s another angle of telling.

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Sadly disappointing

Read the book and it is one of my favourites in the HH series so was very disappointed with the audio version.

This is down purely to the narration. It's like the narrator wants to get through the story as quickly as possible and leave. The speed of delivery is far to fast and gives the listener no time to absorb the information . To make it worse the narrator delivers the story in a fast paced monotone droning manner with virtually nothing to differentiate aurally between characters.


If you want to listen to a book and be immersed then Mr Keeble is the benchmark in audio delivery, sadly the narrator of this falls far far short

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Meh

Quality control seems to have missed this book. Slow dull and wierd experience in story telling, jumps between 1st 2nd and 3rd too frequently.

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Just wow

amazing story and narration.
great to see gullimans perspective and the betrayal the 13th felt

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Absolutely superb

So I’ve done a lot of miles over the past week and having this to listen to in the car has been awesome. It’s a truly epic rendition of a fantastic story and I have been left thoroughly pleased with it all. Great stuff.

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EPIC

dan abnett really brings it home with this powerful and driven fast paced book wished it didnt end

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Writen like a Matt Ward Ultramarine

To many subpar voices attempted, it spoils some of the characters, such as Kor Phaeron. The Calth mark stamps are irritating but overall the story isn't bad.

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great moments but bland overall hugely overrated

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just bland and lacking that je ne sais quoi

the middle of the book is by far the best part, and it is really good

but given how much I enjoyed Dan's other books it pains me to say how average I thought this was overall,

IMO ... there is an overarching blandness to the story and characters that stems from the story being told from to many multiple viewpoints. The story is always moving here and there and does this with almost all new main characters

this gives a lack of character development, sense of time moving forward, and overall story arch.... also I felt like I didn't particularly care or like any of the characters, the characters themselves lacked likeability, Ultramarines and Mechanicum adepts are not Space Wolves or Alpha Legion so there is less to work with... but still

far to much time spent on setting up the main event and characters because there are to many story lines

the climax and pay off is virtually non existent

a real lack of developing the 30k universe view and character that we see in so many other books

this is truly average at best,

that being said that main event (the attack by the word bearer hardly a spoiler) was very well thought out showing the consequences of that event and how it affects the different characters was brilliant writing imaginative and detailed

the action scenes felt tame lacked ferocity and stakes... again because the story is to diffuse and the characters are under developed

Captain Ventanus is an Ultrmarines captain .... that's all the personality he has... all the Ultrmarines are so boring

the ending is just a pffft .... a complete lack of climax in my opinion

however the performance was among the best of the books I have listened to

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Guilliman probably the most interesting character in the book is under used for all we hear of his tactical genius in other books we never see it... such a let down

If I had written this book I would have Guilliman as a more prominent character co ordinating the loyalists, as the tactical genius he is supposed to be, using his mind as the weapon, countering the word bearers initial advantage from the attack

Ol' Person again should be an interesting character given his past, but he spends the whole book running away he could be cut from the story entirely

Where was Lorgar in this book??

the part where it rains Baneblades was so cool though,

the book has such great and interesting moments but just overall felt so bland to me

the here comes the cavalry out of no where and saves the day with the titans because of the chapter champion and the dreadnought the victory felt unearned and out of no where as they were last mentioned ages ago

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Slow start excellent finish

Start drags a lot, too much build up, but end is worth it, in my opinion.

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  • Jeffery Goodfellow
  • 03-02-19

One of the best in the series

Just finished and loved every minute of it. This is the first of the Horus series that I have ever written a review for , because it’s just that good.

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  • NickelToe
  • 10-02-20

Good for Ultramarine fans

I am a big fan of Dan Abnett but this felt like word salad. too many non-important side stories and very verbose repetition.

To little about the Primarchs, too little about the Heresy. It starts well and ends pretty well but the subtle hints and connections to other HH novels are hard to follow unless you can memorize the previous novels and various GW codices and campaign books.

HH should be 40 stories, 18 pre-found story of each primarch with flashes to their legion. 18 stories during the crusades about the primarch and legion and 4 stories on Horuses fall and siege.

Not 40 books but 40 stories horever long that takes. Deliverance Lost for example was good but I wanted more on Corax before and during the crusade. Same for Guilliman.

The battle for Calth, as represented here, had too much about Mechanicum nobodies and scrap code.

There is a Mechanicum novel in this series which describes them well. I would rather have 5 more chapters of Guilliman flashbacks than bibaric love in the 31st millennium.

It is a must read for the series imo as it not only leads to the conclusion of the Heresy novels but also is info for the Primaris marines in 41st millennium stories.

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  • Jane
  • 30-01-19

Lots of action, great narration

Narrator was exceptional, he performed lots of distinctive voices for each character. The story had a nonstop pace and was full of action. I always enjoy the Roboute Guilliman and Oll Persons characters.

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  • Noah
  • 05-01-19

Best Horus heresy yet.

I loved this book and won’t bore the review reader with specifics. Though it starts slowly there is a constant slide as the enemy of mankind sets nefarious plans in motion. By the middle of the book, Dan Abnett assails the reader with some of the thickest action and fighting ever written for black library. A story filled with heroic deeds and fantastic character portraits that faithfully depict the ultramarines lowest and highest moments in turn. A great listen.

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  • Kindle Customer
  • 14-06-21

Ultramarines done right

Guilliman is human, the heroes are heroic and the villains are villainous. All of the characters are done extremely well and there's never a dull moment. A must read for any Ultramarines fan or even loyalist enthusiast.

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  • John Thompson
  • 02-01-20

Finally we are shown the SCALE of it all

I've read other books about the betrayals, battles and atrocities of the crusade but this book finally gives you a true sense of the horrific scale of the heresy and how doom could come to the world.

Dan Abnett does such a wonderful job describing the horror and helplessness that individuals must have felt. A fantastic read.

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  • Chris Vavra
  • 12-09-19

a slow beginning with a fun end

the first third of the book was a lot of disconjointed battles where they would go on and on about the damage caused. It picked up after the first quarter or so and the story got started. I am excited to see what happens next, because half the stories end in ways that beg for more. I would have liked if this book was another one or two hundred pages longer to finish everyone's stories.

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  • M
  • 25-07-19

Warfighting for the 41st Millenium

A perfect combination of story, heavy metal action and military philosophy. This book needs to be put on the Marine Corps Commandant's professional reading list.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 22-11-21

Slow and uneventful

I have read 7 horus heresy books prior to this one (the trilogy, eisenstein, fulgrim, legion and a thousand sons). This book took me the longest. It felt like I genuinly had to push through it.

The story has an interesting start and then just goes into descriptions of devastation. Things shake up around chapter 18.

I liked Guilliman, I liked the few jokes that were in there but this was so far my least enjoyable book (still a positive overall experience).

Narration is brilliant and the voices are distinct (even though all ultramarines speak in the same way:
- theoretical - all ultramarines are just one guy talking to himself
- practical - probably not

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 15-11-21

A must read for heresy fans

my only complaint is that it feels like it ends in the middle of the story